In 2009 I started a blog called Digital Cinema Demystified. Here you can find an archive of these posts up until 2017. Any opinions expressed may no longer accurately represent my current views. Any technical information will be out of date.
November 12, 2016
This FiLMiC Pro v5 tutorial shows you how to turn your smartphone into a pro video powerhouse. Learn its limits, shoot within them, create amazing images. Here’s an in-depth step by step expert tutorial and guide to shooting professional cinematic video with your smartphone using FiLMiC Pro. Ever since I […]
September 19, 2016
The Panasonic GH5 is the first mirrorless photo camera to record 4K video at 10-bit color depth with 4:2:2 chroma sampling internally.
September 5, 2016
In the battle of Nvidia Quadro vs GeForce GTX for DaVinci Resolve which GPU should win your hard earned cash?
August 26, 2016
Wondering why you can’t get real-time playback with XAVC or XAVC-S and DaVinci Resolve? Here’s the answer.
February 5, 2016
The large sensor digital cinema camera that we know and love today has followed an interesting history of evolution and convergence.
January 17, 2016
For over a decade a fiery film vs digital debate raged among both creative and technical professionals in the motion picture industry. In recent years this fire has all but reduced to cooling embers, barely glowing as the debate itself has ceased to command any real meaning.
January 4, 2016
What is computational photography? I want you to put aside everything you know about the form and function of the camera. Whether digital or film they are essentially no different in operation to those at the birth of photography. The Camera Obscura which is defined on Wikipedia as: A camera obscura […]
December 29, 2015
I want to send you down a rabbit hole of virtual reality that will challenge everything you think you know about “filmed” entertainment. Prepare to redefine your understanding of how images and experiences are created and how “story” is delivered. This is your last chance. After this, there is no […]
December 8, 2015
Build a strong online reputation as a digital imaging creative and technician.
October 23, 2015
If you’ve pre-ordered your Blackmagic URSA Mini, your patience has probably worn thin, and you’re hungry for any news on Blackmagic’s latest elusive camera. Well, since IBC a few cameras have surfaced here and there but real-world information takes some searching. I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on […]
September 9, 2015
It is clear that more is more when it comes to the latest high-end cinema camera technology. More pixels, more dynamic range, larger sensors, and more data. Enough will never be enough. This means more options for us as creators and far more flexibility when it comes to how we […]
September 3, 2015
Are you building or choosing a workstation or laptop for Resolve? Here’s a DaVinci Resolve system requirements reality check.
August 29, 2015
Movie marketing is serious business. Effectively marketing your independent film is more important than the blood, sweat, tears and money it takes to make. There are many possible ways a film will find distribution, but the following assumes that you are marketing and distributing your film yourself. Planning To Fail […]
August 29, 2015
I consult for many small to mid sized post houses and I don’t like to specify an Apple Mac Pro for the most demanding post applications. I’m often asked why. First a disclaimer, I’m not talking about the needs of the average individual editor or colorist here who is working with a […]
August 19, 2015
I see more and more of these ridiculous headlines appearing across respected filmmaking blogs and social media these days… 5 Simple Steps to Kick Ass in the Film Industry, or Tips on Breaking Into the Film Industry. Now I often title my articles 5 Steps… or 5 Things… in relation to […]
August 13, 2015
4K is here to stay, and it’ll go mobile too. Web video production is on the rise. We are consuming video on phones and tablets more than any other device. Marketing videos, corporate videos and even Youtube vlogging is part of our daily entertainment mix whether we like it or […]
August 6, 2015
Confused about color space?
August 3, 2015
Confused about color space?
May 14, 2015
Blackmagic raises the bar with the new 4.6K sensor.
March 16, 2015
The very first large sensor digital cinema camera, the Dalsa Origin showed at NAB in 2003. It ignited the long running film vs digital debate, one of the hottest topics of discussion among both celluloid and digital imaging aficionados (and those of us who love both equally). The fire was fuelled by […]
February 1, 2015
Proxy workflows for DaVinci Resolve when real-time RAW performance is not an option.
January 12, 2015
Sailing with the Blackmagic URSA 4K.
January 3, 2015
Big camera, small boat. I take the Blackmagic URSA 4K five miles offshore for a real-world test.
January 2, 2015
Dear aspiring filmmaker, here’s a tip to avoid being lost forever in an ocean of mediocrity. Stop obsessing about camera specs, in fact, forget about the damn camera and learn to craft a story, learn to write, learn to direct, find your voice. Your camera is a tiny, forever changing spec […]
January 2, 2015
A round trip workflow is one in which you begin and end your project in your NLE, and use a dedicated grading and finishing tool (DaVinci Resolve in our case) in the middle. This lets you start with “offline” and end with “online” quality compressed media that won’t kill your system, and […]
January 2, 2015
A step-by-step tutorial guide to a FCP Resolve round trip workflow using 4K CinemaDNG RAW media. Software Versions DaVinci Resolve 11 Final Cut Pro X 10.1.3 (must be 10.1.1 or later for XML import/export) Media 4K CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 media (Blackmagic Design URSA) Step 1 – Create ProRes Proxies (DaVinci Resolve) […]
January 2, 2015
A step-by-step tutorial guide to a Premiere Resolve round trip workflow using 4K CinemaDNG RAW media. Software Versions: DaVinci Resolve 11 Adobe Premiere CC 2014 Media: 4K CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 media (Blackmagic Design URSA) Step 1 – Create ProRes Proxies (DaVinci Resolve) Create a new project and import CinemaDNG media […]
January 2, 2015
A step-by-step tutorial guide to a Avid Resolve round trip workflow using 4K CinemaDNG RAW media. Software Versions DaVinci Resolve 11 Avid Media Composer 8.2 Media 4K CinemaDNG RAW 3:1 media (Blackmagic Design URSA)
September 11, 2014
The film look is more than a LUT.
September 9, 2014
Super 35mm in your pocket with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Metabones Speedbooster.
September 7, 2014
Here you’ll find basic Blackmagic camera data rates, recording times and shutter speed as angles. I have not listed data rates for all the frame rates, just for 25fps to give a rough idea. Data Rates – Comparative data rates for Prores are given below. (Mb = Megabit, not Megabyte (MB)… […]
April 21, 2014
Today the first Blackmagic Studio Cameras landed in Dubai. In my research leading up to this day, and the inevitable need to support and answer a ton of pre-sales questions about this new animal, I’ve discovered a few important “limitations” with the much anticipated Blackmagic Studio Camera.
Whether these “limitations” are perceived or real is the question that is really on my mind. I believe Blackmagic are breaking new ground here and that will always be met with resistance from the guardians and defenders of the established norms.
This is a camera that is not likely to please everyone in the professional broadcast and studio establishment, but may appeal to new and open-minded low budget users crossing over that are willing to overlook a few things, or more likely than not won’t miss them in the first place.
December 18, 2013
Size really doesn’t matter.
February 15, 2013
It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve written a blog post, and so I logged in today and discovered a bunch of really good comments and questions have been left on my blog recently. This one is a good one and so I want to post my response as […]
September 8, 2011
Largely thanks to Philip Bloom sharing with his crowd, last week’s post Sharp Shooting for Guerilla Warfare – Part 1 – Bare Bones DCinema with Red MX, Alexa and EPIC received 1144 views and some nice comments on the RedUser forum. Today I want to look at ergonomics and operation in a […]
August 31, 2011
Finally I am ready to publish my first article in a series comparing my recent battlefield experiences with three of the worlds best digital cinema cameras. My gratitude and thanks goes out to all at Media Film Service (www.mediafilmservice.com) for their support and for fantastic gear. Also my thanks to […]
August 26, 2011
As my regular readers know, I’m busy writing up a tech series on the Red One MX, Arri Alexa, and now I’m adding the Red EPIC into the mix. I’ve had the privilege of shooting with all three cameras over the past month and a half and I’ve certainly got my favourite […]
April 13, 2011
Following from my post yesterday The Power Of Color – Now For Tom, Dick and Harry about the crash in the cost of professional colour grading and finishing tools, the news from Las Vegas is that the feature packed new Final Cut Pro will be given away at $299 from Apple’s […]
April 12, 2011
Two years ago, nobody knew what a colourist was. Ok, people who needed to know knew, and if you are one of those then I’m not talking to you in this post. I’m talking about the average young filmmaker cutting his or her masterpiece in the bedroom who was happy […]
November 6, 2010
NOTE: This post was published on Nov 6, 2010 and is a snapshot of views and opinions at that time. Today I realized again the priviledged position I am in, what I am witnessing and not only that, but playing an active part. If you are a regular reader of my […]
May 7, 2010
I’ve come across a great article on AWN of the worlds first Arri Alexa vs Red Mysterium X test, it also happens to present a convincing overall argument that 2010 is officially the year celluloid died. http://www.awn.com/blogs/tracking-marc/worlds-first-side-side-arri-alexa-and-red-mysteriumx-camera-test I find this interesting as this has been a economic and technical inevitability […]
February 8, 2010
Wow, my last blog post attracted over 500 reads in one weekend, and a chain of comments. It seems anything with “Film vs Digital” in the title is still provocative… the war I believe is over, the debate is seems is as hot as ever. The main thing, is to […]
January 29, 2010
NOTE: This post was published on Jan 29, 2010 and is a snapshot of views and opinions at that time. I’ve purposely avoided the film vs digital topic for some time now. People are usually unashamedly subjective and biased. Any given conversation typically goes something like this. Did you know that […]
January 20, 2010
I am embarrased to say I didn’t see it coming. The re-emergence of 3D stereoscopic motion pictures, made possible by major advancements in digital production, post-production and projection technologies totally caught me off guard. I knew it was happening, but I totally under-estimated the public response, and the commercial implications […]
November 5, 2009
NOTE: This post was published on Nov 5, 2009 and is a snapshot of views and opinions at that time. I’m quite comfortable on the fence when it comes to the film vs digital debate. I’ve been shooting 35mm, lots of 16mm, and I’m glad that there is choice. Even if […]
February 10, 2009
Digital Cinema is finally coming of age. Thanks largely to the hard work, dedication and ingenuity of a few people and their companies. DALSA Rob Hummel and the forward thinking engineers at DALSA in the development of the worlds first 4K digital cinema camera, the DALSA Origin. The Origin was […]